Local News for Monday 17th September 2018

MSP ALLAN VOICES OPTIMISM FOR ARNISH
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has voiced his hopes for the future of the Arnish yard in the Isle of Lewis.
The islands MSP was speaking after meeting with Sean Power, Vice President for Business Development of DF Barnes, to discuss the company’s vision for the future of Arnish.
DF Barnes acquired BiFab – the company operating Arnish - earlier this year in a deal brokered by the Scottish Government.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said: ‘I am very encouraged by the commitment shown by the company in their efforts to bring work back to Arnish. There does seem to be a recognition of the huge asset now at the company’s disposal, in terms of the skills and attributes of the local workforce’.
Dr Allan concluded: ‘As the local MSP for the area, I have continued to stress that Arnish is uniquely placed to capitalise on future manufacturing opportunities in the expanding Scottish renewables sector. There is now every reason to be optimistic for the future and for jobs to return.’


WESTERN ISLES WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT SUICIDE
NHS Western Isles is continuing to run its Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Month up until 10th October. this is an opportunity to acknowledge that suicide is preventable - and that it is everyone's business.
The continuing Choose Life ‘Read Between the Lines’ campaign asks everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in people close to them. If you’re worried about someone, such as a friend, family member or workmate, asking them directly about their feelings can help to save their life.
Elaine MacKay, Choose Life Co-ordinator/Suicide Prevention Lead in the Western Isles, said:
‘If someone you are close to shows signs of not being themselves, you will normally notice. When changes in their behaviour begin to worry you – even if the signs come and go – the most important aspect is to ask them about it – being there for them and listening, without judgement, shows that you care and their distress, and ultimately their happiness, is important to you.’
There will also be a ‘Leave the Light On’ Service on Friday 28th September 2018 at 7pm in the High Church in Stornoway. This service will provide an opportunity to remember a lost loved one and to support those who have been bereaved through any loss, not just by suicide.
There will be tea and coffee and an opportunity to talk after the event. This event is open to everyone, regardless of faith and all are warmly invited all to attend.

PST SPONSOR POINT FC’s UNDER - 13s
Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) was cheering on the Under-13s of Point Football Club recently as the youngsters took part in the first league of the Manor Dairies Cup – their first outing in their new strips, which the community wind farm charity was proud to sponsor.
The wee Reds looked great in their new gear and made it through to the next stage of the cup, having come second in their group.

Point FC were able to buy two full sets of strips for their Under-13s with part of a £3,500 grant from Point and Sandwick Trust, which they received in the summer.

The Trust is committed to supporting the youth of the area and its latest grant follows a similar donation last year which allowed the club to buy strips for its Under-18 players.

Donald John MacSween, Point and Sandwick Trust General Manager, said: ‘Very well done to all the coaches who do so much for the kids – we’re happy to support them in any way we can’.